Beauty tools that double as bathroom decor? Our top picks

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Beaupretty vintage handheld mirrors on display in a bathroom (Amazon)Beaupretty vintage handheld mirrors on display in a bathroom (Amazon)
Beaupretty vintage handheld mirrors on display in a bathroom (Amazon)

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Beauty lovers: If you were to peek into your bathroom right now, how many things are on the counter?

If the number is over 10 and looking at the variety of creams, lotions, and soaps stresses you out, it’s time to get organized.

Counter clutter is overwhelming – it crowds your ability to use your space freely and clean efficiently. Even worse, there’s a chance that you haven’t used a number of the products that sit out on display.

Instead of wasting valuable surface area on your countertop or inside your vanity, why not invest in beauty tools that double as bathroom decor?

There’s a number of innovative products on the market that improve skin and makeup application at the same time they function as just another part of your bathroom. Plus, they make great gifts too.

Ready to treat yourself or a loved one? Check out the many benefits of the beauty tools listed below.

Simplehuman Sensor Mirror in WhiteSimplehuman Sensor Mirror in White
Simplehuman Sensor Mirror in White

Simplehuman created the Sensor Mirror on the premise that under the wrong lighting, makeup colours can fool you. The brand’s tru-lux light system allows you to see subtle variations in your makeup colour so that you end up with flawless application. The Sensor Mirror detects when you are in front of it and lights up automatically as your face approaches. It also recharges with a standard USB and one charge lasts up to five weeks – bonus.

SHOP IT: Simplehuman, $250

Beaupretty Vintage Handheld MirrorBeaupretty Vintage Handheld Mirror
Beaupretty Vintage Handheld Mirror

Anyone else getting Magic Mirror vibes? Now, you can play out your very own Disney princess fantasy with one of these vintage handheld mirrors. In contrast to the Simplehuman Sensor Mirror, it’s far less techie but much more portable. Not to mention, it looks pretty displayed on a bathroom counter. Gift one to your favourite beauty.

SHOP IT: Amazon, $16

TriPollar Stop X High Frequency Facial MachineTriPollar Stop X High Frequency Facial Machine
TriPollar Stop X High Frequency Facial Machine

Is it a trophy? A high tech razor? No, it’s a non-invasive beauty tool that uses radio frequency technology to encourage collagen and elastin production in the skin by TriPollar. All you have to do is apply a thin layer of the brand’s preparation gel to a clean, dry face and then go in with this rose gold gadget to achieve a plumper, more youthful looking complexion.

SHOP IT: Net-A-Porter, $400

Dior Prestige Crème Applicator DuoDior Prestige Crème Applicator Duo
Dior Prestige Crème Applicator Duo

Though Dior’s Prestige La Crème is sold separately (and costs a whopping $460), you can enjoy scooping all of your favourite face creams out of their pots with these tiny gold applicators and decorate your countertop with them afterward. Better yet, gift one to a

Rustic Country Decor – How to Decorate Cottage Style Homes

Rustic country decor and how to decorate cottage style homes are extensions of American country style decorating. In addition, traditions are borrowed from French, English and some Swedish country looks. Rustic country decor can be defined as coarse, charmingly simple, unfussy, unfinished and yet with endearing qualities. Rustic country decorating includes the use of natural woods, aged surfaces, rough finishes and simple lines. Cottage style homes are comfortable, modest, quaint homes that can be made of thick stone or log wood.

Floors in rustic country decor and cottage style homes are made with stone or wood materials. Wooden floors were traditionally constructed with boards that were bare and simply waxed and hand-polished (high-gloss varnishes did not exist). Sometimes the boards were painted with light colors. If you like floor coverings, use oriental rugs and throws for visual warmth and color. Rustic country decor is about handcrafted objects, simplicity, furnishings that you enjoy and connecting back to nature.

Rustic cottage furniture is commonly made with pine and perhaps painted with hand-painted designs such as flowers, birds, animals, country scenery or leaves. Use ladderback chairs, rocking chairs, benches, wicker furniture and Windsor chairs. A large rectangular table made of pine is a good option for your kitchen or dining room table. To give your furniture a rustic look, brush a coat of paint on the furniture piece, then rub most of the paint off. After it dries, apply wood stain unevenly for an older weathered appearance. It will be perfect and rustic looking!

Baskets can be used to store wood, pine cones, flowers, plants and needlework. Brass candle holders, oil or kerosene lamps, sconces, hurricane lamps, tin lanterns, recessed ceiling fixtures or a vintage wrought-iron or metal chandelier provide successful lighting for rustic country decor and cottage style homes. Colors used in rustic country decor or cottage style homes are neutral tones ranging from white to bone, earth tones, red barn, blues and greens.

For rustic country decor in the kitchen, use open shelves, hutches, buffets, plate racks and cupboards for storage. Often, country kitchen storage is crammed with stoneware pots, plain glazed earthenware and glass jars. Kitchen pots should be made of copper, steel or cast iron – cookware tends to be large and plain. Use open shelving in the rustic country kitchen to display plates, dishes and dinnerware collections. Natural woods, light colors and bright fabrics work great for window treatments. Adding a rustic butcher block island creates a wonderful visual effect as well as provides useful functionality.

A rustic country decor bathroom has neutral tones or soft colored walls, antique-looking lighting, and wooden antiques or antique reproduction cabinets and vanity. Knowing how to decorate cottage style homes and bathrooms can result in creating a calm and elegant atmosphere. Clawfoot tubs, pedestal sinks, country style antique brass faucets and old-fashioned country cabinets provide the kind of atmosphere that makes you want to spend time there. Plain white towels are recommended instead of patterned or bright modern patterns. Use wicker or …

Old World Style Design and Decor

Old world style connects us to the traditional artistic historic past where everything was made by hand and had a purpose, a meaning for its presence and an energy to be shared. Old world style is a collage of design styles that spanned the early 18th century, its influences coming from several regions of the east, be it the Mediterranean coast or the Indian subcontinent. But no matter where it's origins, the look and feel of antique architecture and royalty of bygone centuries will always have its unique charm.

The old world look offers an eclectic interplay between warm and conventional interiors. Furnishings are antiqued yet regal, rooms are grandly opulent but welcoming. Old world doors carved with the elements of nature like the rays of the sun and the blooming lotus give us the earthing and grounding energy. Elaborately carved doorway arches and solid wood columns with stone bases, the dynamic shift of energy resonates through out the house.

You love the feel of old wood, rustic worn patinas and handcarved old doors made into chai tables, hope chests on wheels with their eclectic charm and iron straps, each piece has a historic charm and a purpose. The hope chests bring with them the dreams of the new bride and blessings of her parents as she starts her new journey with her husband. The Haveli door brims with antiqued brass gold and lotus carvings, the iron nails go through the solid teak wood and are bent in backwards, such that the ions attracted to metals are grounded through the wood to the earth. Energy balance design is necessary today in our 21st century where all electronics are remotely accessed and the electromagnetic charge wreaks havoc with our health.

Rustic interiors are simple and have a connection to the past that is unpretentious. The feel of the kamasutra carved barndoor or the tribal carved barndoors is honest, old worldly and evokes a simpler time when we sat down together as a family over tea or dinner. Reclaimed woods and repurposed cabinets, they provide a stunning showcase for creativity. Today's world is virtual, and the connection with the real is lost, rustic old world style is boldly earthy and obviously real.

The mystery behind old world sculptures of Buddha and different mudras call to your inner spirit. Be it the abhaya, protection mudra or the earth witness, each is special and beautiful.

Elaborately carved panels in natural reclaimed woods customized into barn doors at Mogul, we take great lengths to keep the old world artisan values ​​intact. Scrolled and handcarved floral sofa chaises carry old world elegance and grace.

Incorporating elaborately carved finials, stone corbels, majestic medallions and other finishing touches give the room a classic elegance.The architecture with exposed ceiling beams and the triple archway columns anchor and define large spaces. Single archways, are repeated down a hallway to connect rooms, and are also an old world signature concept. Courtyard homes with welcome gates leading to the main house, the …

Rustic Chic Vs Industrial Decor Style

In interior design and home décor, there are many styles that one can choose from. There are the "pure" styles and then the mix-n-match styles. Two of the more common styles are the rustic chic look and the industrial look. Many people think these looks are one in the same. I'm here to explain why they aren't the same style. First, a couple of questions.

What do you think of when I say rustic chic? Do you think of a farmhouse, wooden cabin feel with wood tables and exposed beams? Or do you think of quilts, repossessed distressed wood with chicken wire and galvanized metal? Both of these descriptions are correct when talking about rustic chic.

Now, what do you think of when I say industrial design style? Do you think of hardwoods, pipes and other metals? Maybe dark, neutral colors, old typewriters, and wood burning stoves? If so they have the right idea of ​​industrial design.

Both the rustic chic design and the industrial design have common elements but they have their distinct difference too. Let us look at each one individually and then maybe we can really see the difference.

Rustic Chic

The rustic chic design is lighter, more feminine, and focuses on natural wood colors or light stains. Like light colored paints and distressed woods. Décor items would include mismatched hardware, chicken wire, galvanized (rusted) metal, exposed wood beams, and wood specific furniture. The easiest way for me to remember rustic chic is to think of a perfect little farm house on a prairie with its simple colors and used items.

Industrial

The industrial design is darker and more masculine. It has dark neutral colors and dark woods. It incorporates a lot of polished or brushed metals. Common features include exposed ducts, pipes, and basically anything we usually try to hide when building a house. Décor items include old metal items, hardwood shelves, and things that remind you of the hard working industrial era of America. An easy way to remember this design would be to think of a warehouse or commercial kitchen made into a house or apartment.

These two design styles have many things in common like their uses of woods of metal but the colors and finishes of those woods and metals are different. It is very common today to find people who mix and match between these two styles to create a rustic industrial style house. They complement each other very well and make for a cozy, yet practical home. You can find many great pictures of rustic industrial houses on the internet for more detail on how they work together.

Whether you decide to style your house one way or the other or mix them together for an even broader spectrum of opportunities just make sure your house speaks who you are. Your home is a place where you can be you! Let it be a perfect window into your soul and show off your rustic or industrial home with style. Have …